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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Apr 4, 2011 11:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Kickin' up some dust

agree w/ snow_and_rain.

different eras of DS have different aspects i enjoy more than others. while the 1970 and beyond versions have incredible jazz, space, and thematic jamming, '69 DS typically have a more cohesive "flow" to my ears, mostly because of Jerry's intense and heavy psychedelic lead. Garcia is usually in the driver's seat a bit more during these, which some may not like as much and i get that. personally though, i love it, and i think there are a lot of very creative, enjoyable versions, far more than in the later years.

oh yes and props for throwing out 10/12/68, one of my very favorite "pre live-dead" versions. beautiful and hypnotic every time...

This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2011-04-05 06:58:44

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Apr 5, 2011 12:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Kickin' up some dust

Yeah, it's a tough one to nail. All of the Dark Star scenarios are subjective to the feeling of the musicians at the time of playing. There are so many things to consider: equipment, new and exciting sound they were keen to experiment with, frame of mind, musical themes they had discovered, or started to explore, then abandon and return to at another time. It was always just a launch-pad for a jam, really. So anything goes. Likewise, it's also for the ear of the listener to zoom into certain aspects that one has a mind to hear. I love the 68 and 69 Dark Stars, but also love the 70 and 71, 72, and 73-74 versions too, each for different reasons.